Pencil: Free GUI Prototyping in Firefox

July 9th, 2008 by Jerome Dahdah

Pencil GUI prototyping in Firefox
Just stumbled across this nifty free (and open source!) tool: The Pencil Project. Pencil lets you sketch out your applications quickly and export them as PNG images. It offers, among other things, the standard operating systems widgets (currently WinXP and GTK, collection expandable) and is built upon XUL and SVG. Pencil runs as a lightweight 400k Firefox 3 extension, but can also be run as a stand-alone application.

11 Responses to “Pencil: Free GUI Prototyping in Firefox”

  1. CoderPhase says:

    This is a really important program for all people. It helps all users in the web do many different things. I would suggest that everyone download it and start to master it from now. I guarantee you that in a few years, this program will be one of the major guides of the computer world when it comes to designing.

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    Regards,

  2. Louis says:

    Wow, pretty programm. I guess that the programm is a really good stand-alone application for quick and easy working.

    I hope you post a test or preview in the next days. Will you?

    Greets from germany,
    Louis

  3. Jerry says:

    Hey Louis, good question. I’ll see what I can do but it probably won’t be any time soon, as I am currently preparing for some upcoming travels.

    But you bring up a good point: are you folks interested in more reviews like the one I did for Dropbox? Is this something you’d like to see more of? And yes, before someone mentions it, I know my posts have been very scarce lately. ;) I’ll pick up on that when the air clears up a bit, no worries. Thank you for your continued readership.

  4. thiamteck says:

    definitely a good firefox plugin.

    But I had google for additional stencils and have no luck on it. Do you have any resources for that?

  5. David - computer doc says:

    What kind of tools does it provide? Does it have drawing tool?

    What about a hierarchical architecture tool?

  6. superdave says:

    why is your blog called position:absolute, but your domain is blog.parasight?

  7. Jerry says:

    @superdave: Thanks for asking. That’s a historical development, if you will. ;) I have some plans that will correct this some time in the future, however.

  8. Florian says:

    Cool and unique tool, i think i´ll give it a try. Thank you for sharing it here, Jerry !

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  10. pimmeliger nackedei says:

    die gui find ich toll (pimmelige farben)

  11. Markus says:

    Thanks a lot, I will definitly try this one, Microsoft Visio drives me insane!